By J Poet
Thomas M. Lauderdale, a classically trained pianist, founded pink Martini in 1994 to play at political benefits for civil rights, affordable housing, clean water, and public broadcasting organizations. The Portland, Oregon based self-billed “little orchestra” plays classical pop music with international influences that draw on French, Greek, Turkish, Cuban, and Lebanese music as well as other diverse sounds from Asia, Europe, South America and the Arab continuum. The band started with the core of Lauderdale and singer China Forbes.
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